Older people, please take note. Researchers have found that low blood pressure is linked to high mortality in older adults.The study, published in the journal Age and Ageing, analysed 415,980 electronic medical records of older adults in the UK.
During the findings, the research team found that people aged 75 or over with low blood pressure (below 130/80) had increased mortality rates in the follow-up, compared to those with normal blood pressure.
This was especially pronounced in 'frail' individuals, who had 62 per cent increased risk of death during the 10 year follow-up, the study said.A Although high blood pressure increased risk of cardiovascular incidents, such as heart attacks, it was not linked to higher mortality in frail adults over 75. Older people aged 85 and over who had raised blood pressure actually had reduced mortality rates, compared to those with lower blood pressure, regardless of whether they were frail or not.